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Adam was anxious to receive a reply from Charles and worried that he had made a mistake in sending the letter. He was also anxious to know more about his sons. He talked to them about what they were learning in school and tried to teach them how to make a whistle.
One day, Will Hamilton arrived with the new Ford car and explained to Adam how to operate it. When he could not get it started again, he said he would send his mechanic out the next day.
When the mechanic came out to start the car and explain its operation to Adam, he acted rudely, pretending to know more than he did. He also called Lee a "Chink." Later he said there are some good Chinese among all the bad ones, and he considered Lee to be one of the good ones.
In this chapter, it is clear that automobile ownership is rare. The arrival of the new Ford is a thing of great excitement. In addition, neither Will nor the mechanic can satisfactorily explain the carís operation. The chapter also includes another racial slur against Lee, who is called a "Chink" by the mechanic.